November 22nd, 2023 8pm Stage 1
Carl M Banks
Carl M Banks stands at the intersection of craftsmanship and creativity. A solitary troubadour, Carl breathes new life into the folk tradition. Born in St. Louis with the voice of a storyteller and marked by a relentless spirit, he tells tales of love and loss, of struggle and triumph, and of hope and heartache. In 2010 Carl traveled east and found a home among the sky-scrapers and neon signs of New York City. His voice, with deep intonations and subtle inflections, transports audiences to another time and place. His repertoire, rich with traditional motifs, has an undeniably modern approach.
What sets Carl M Banks apart is his mastery of his guitar synth. With this instrument, he weaves a tapestry of sound that blurs the lines between acoustic and electronic music. The result is a seamless fusion of old and new, of past and present, of light and shadow. From the dimly lit clubs of New York’s Lower East Side, to the bright festival fields of the Middle West, Carl models himself on the traveling blues men of the twentieth century, bringing his music to all corners of the world.